MS in Finance - Investments and Securities

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Maria Antonieta Marcial '08

Online Finance Degree Focuses on Securities
and Investments

This investments and securities Master's Degree in Finance combines comprehensive training in core financial subjects, such as managerial accounting and capital budgeting, with an introduction to strategies about where and how to invest. Designed to fit the schedule of busy adults, the MS in Finance with a concentration in Investments and Securities program enables you to take classes at your own pace. Take two courses per term and graduate in less than two years. Because the GMAT or GRE are not required, you can start taking online securities and finance courses immediately.

Gain Marketable New Skills with an Online
Finance Degree

The MS in Finance - Investments and Securities concentration helps finance professionals build their portfolios with a broad range of invaluable analytical and technical skills. The curriculum is anchored by core finance courses that are complemented by special online securities courses and investment courses. You will graduate with a greater understanding of how to analyze assets, debt and equity, securities, investment strategies, portfolios, and other financial instruments, as well as managerial accounting, fiscal and monetary policies and procedures, and other finance principles.

Prepare Yourself for a Successful Career in Investments and Securities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, investments and securities careers show positive signs of growth in the coming years. Sparked by an increase in global investments in securities and commodities, along with a growing demand by baby boomers for investment advice, the BLS projects that "wage and salary employment in the securities, commodities, and other investments industry is projected to rise 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, compared to the 11 percent increase across all industries." By earning an investments and securities master’s degree in finance from Southern New Hampshire University, you can help put yourself in position of leverage when competing for top securities careers and investments careers.

Investment and Securities Concentration Courses

Select three of the following:

FIN-645: Analytical Tools in Portfolio Management
This course is an application-oriented review of the finance theory, techniques and strategies that are essential to portfolio management. Topics include optimization procedure, currency risk hedging, asset allocation and others.
FIN-655: International Investments/Portfolio Management
This course will expose money managers to the complexities of a multicultural, multicurrency environment. In a complex global environment they have to be familiar with foreign cultures, traditions, markets, institutions, instruments, regulations, taxes, and costs. They need to be familiar with the forces of globalization as they affect international investing. This course seeks to impart some of the concepts, techniques, and skills the money manager should be equipped with to operate effectively in complex global environment.
FIN-670: Option Analysis & Financial Derivatives
Modern option valuation and analysis is applied to equity options and fixed-income derivatives in this course. Applications and related topics include the term structure of interest rates, forward contracts, future contracts, interest rate caps, floors and swaps and convertible bonds.
Take FIN 500 or 550 depending on catalog year.
INT-620: Multinational Corporate Finance
This course is a study of the problems of financing and reporting international operations. The evaluation of risk and funding strategies in international monetary relationships are emphasized.

MS in Finance Core - Investments & Securities

ECO-500: Managerial Economics
Managerial economics involves applying economic theory and using the tools of decision science to examine how an organization can achieve its objectives most efficiently in the face of constraints. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in mathematics and 3 credit hours in microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics or equivalent.
QSO-510, MBA-501 and MBA-502
ECO-610: Fiscal & Monetary Policies & Practices
Students in this course examine the performance of the national economy and its impact on a firm. Students analyze the formulation and impact of monetary and fiscal policies and their relationships with money and capital markets. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in economics.
MBA-502 and QSO-510 or equivalent
FIN-500: Financial Management
This course is a study of financial decision- making in a firm, including its relationship to financial markets and institutions. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in economics.
ACC-500, ACC-510 or ACC-550 and MBA-502
FIN-620: Money and Capital Markets
This course analyzes processes within the U.S. financial system. Students study the nature of its major participants and their objectives and procedures for assessing opportunities and pricing risk. Students also analyze the role of the financial system in the allocation of credit to different sectors, its responsiveness to economic activity and its continuous adaptation to changing needs. Emphasis is placed on the role and functions of the Federal Reserve System.
FIN-500 or 550 depending on catalog year.
FIN-630: Capital Budgeting & Financing
This course first addresses advanced topics in capital investment, including determination of cash flows, capital budgeting under risk, replacement decisions, and inflation and capital decisions. The second half of the course focuses on capital financing and structure and includes topics in financial leverage, financing sources, dividend policy, cost of capital and valuation.
FIN-640: Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management
Students study the techniques used to assess the value of securities and the methods used in the management of investment portfolios. Stocks and bonds are discussed in terms of valuation, risk- return measurement, diversification and other aspects of portfolio theory.
FIN-500 or 550 depending on catalog year.
FIN-690: Financial Econometrics
This course focuses upon the fundamental statistical tools used in contemporary financial analysis both in academia and in the real world of finance itself. The course will involve both a theoretical development of the techniques as well as empirical applications. The applications will involve computer printouts with an emphasis on the SPSS statistical package and the EViews statistical package. The course will begin with a review and extension for the classical linear regression model, including its development in matrix form. The remainder of the course will then explore modern time-series econometrics, which is especially relevant for finance.
FIN-500 and ECO-500
FIN-700: Seminar in Finance
This is an extensive survey of historic and contemporary finance literature to foster in students an appreciation of the development and current status of finance theory and issues relating to the current financial environment, application and practice. Students will have the opportunity to research topics of interest. This seminar should be taken as one of the final courses in the M.S. program.
Complete 30 credits
QSO-510: Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
This is a survey of the mathematical, probabilistic and statistical tools available for assisting in the operation and management of industrial organizations. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in mathematics and 3 credit hours in statistics, or the equivalent.

Foundation Course(s)

For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:

ACC-500: Managerial Accounting
Students in this course study the accumulation of accounting information. The internal use of accounting for management planning, control and decision-making is emphasized. Background preparation: 6 credit hours of accounting or equivalent. Note: ACC 500 cannot be taken for credit or as an elective if ACC 510 has been completed.
MBA-501: Mathematics and Statistics for Business
This is an applied course, which will provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills that underlie many courses offered in the school of business. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and methods of linear algebra, mathematical functions, differential calculus and statistics and their applications to business. They will also sharpen their quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills that are so important for success in the world of business today.
MBA-502: Economics for Business
This course is intended to provide the student with a concisely focused yet rigorous introduction to both micro- and macroeconomic theory needed at the foundational level of a graduate degree program. Some of the topics to be addressed include: market behavior; demand theory and related elasticity concepts; production and cost theory; managerial decision-making in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets; GDP determination; unemployment and inflation; and fiscal and monetary policy.
MBA-503: Financial Reporting and Analysis
This course is designed to help future business leaders across all functional areas appreciate and understand the rules and regulations, processes and procedures, and significance of financial accounting statements and reports. It provides a balanced presentation between how statements are prepared and, more importantly, how to analyze these statements and footnotes to assess a company's performance within the industry and management's performance within a particular company. New government regulations have made the integrity and quality of financial accounting information everyone's responsibility. This course will help future business leaders conduct better internal audits, improve forecasts and valuations, and make better management decisions.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Candidates are also required to submit a resume.

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